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Learning how to Relax

Relaxation is actually something that many people must learn. There are several ways to learn how to relax: meditation, guided imagery, even dance and moment classes can all teach relaxation. Relaxation is about learning how to control your mind and body. Some relaxations exercises involve tensing and relaxing of each muscle group in a coordinated series. Some ways to relax include breathing or rhythmic movements. Others can even involve hypnosis. Practice relaxing so that you are very comfortable with your ability to relax yourself. If you find it difficult, consider taking a yoga class, talking to a health care providers, or reading material on relaxation to get some technique tips. Once mastered it can be very useful in pregnancy and labor.

Author New Jersey Midwifery